Vice or Virtue?

I don’t know about you, but when I first hear the word “vice” these guys pop up inside my brain:

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MIAMI VICE — Sleuth Series — Pictured: (l-r) Don Johnson as Det. John “Sonny” Crockett, Philip Michael Thomas as Det. Ricardo Tubbs — Sleuth Photo

Don’t worry, this post is NOT going to be about that show.

The true definition of vice is: immoral or wicked behavior. That definition is a bit harsh, vice can also be thought of as a bad habit. For the purposes of this blog, we will go with the second definition.

Habits… we all have them. Some are beneficial and help propel us through life, others are negative and act as anchors, holding us back from who we can be, what we can do, the legacy we can leave.

Eating too much, watching too much tv, poor posture, negative thinking, stressful behavior, poor dietary choices, all of these are INCREDIBLY common vices in our world (and they don’t just occur in Miami ;).

These habits not only lead us down the wrong paths in life, they actually shorten our life spans!

The good news is, we can create new habits that prolong our lives, and enrich them as well. It takes quite a while to create new habits (and even longer to shed old ones). The key is to start doing things little by little that lead you down the right path in life, change that “v” to a “n” (vice becomes nice).

Start small. The little things create the biggest impact:

Dripping water hollows out stone, not through force but through persistence.-Ovid

Make incremental changes in your life. Eat one meal a bit healthier than the rest. Bring a water bottle along with you to work (and maybe put some lemons or raspberries or etc in there), order a salad, turn the tv off after an hour and go for a short walk (15 mins away from your house then 15 back), read a book a month, practice gratitude (think of 1 thing you are thankful for each morning and each evening), call a friend, do 5 situps  and 5 pushups, say thank you to more people, get a massage, get your chiropractic checkup, etc.

Sprinkle some good habits into your daily routine and your vices become less and less of an anchor. (You can even wear a cool white sportcoat and pink t-shirt to help lighten your step 🙂

via Daily Prompt: Vice

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